The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open.
A field of 53 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which was hosted by and launched out of Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina in Lakeport. In FLW and TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.
The top five teams that advanced to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship:
1st: Lake County High School Fishing Club – Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, Calif., five bass, 23-9
2nd: Lake County High School Fishing Club – Sheldon Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., and Sam West, Fort Bragg, Calif., five bass, 19-14
3rd: Vista Del Lago High School, Folsom, Calif. – Christopher Gritts and Westly Gritts, both of Folsom, Calif., five bass, 19-3
4th: Anzar High School, San Benito County, Calif. – Michael Alaga, Aromas, Calif., and Brandon Delbridge, Tracy, Calif., five bass, 18-7
5th: Lodi High School, Lodi, Calif. – Kyle Mann, Lodi, Calif., and Cole Koenig, Woodbridge, Calif., five bass, 17-12
Rounding out the top 10:
6th: Alhambra High School, Alhambra, Calif. – James Alderman and Ryan Beaty, both of Martinez, Calif., five bass, 17-10
7th: Nor Cal Junior Bass Club – Gavin Eberhart and Evan Funk, both of Palo Cedro, Calif., five bass, 17-8
8th: Buchanan High School, Clovis, Calif. – Josh Poore and Brendan Holden, both of Clovis, Calif., 17-0
9th: Vista Del Lago High School, Folsom, Calif. – Hunter Jacobson, Orangevale, Calif., and Brennon Sharp, Folsom, Calif., five bass, 16-8
10th: Yuba Sutter Fishing Club – Brian Lopez, Yuba City, Calif., and Jake Keithly, Lakeport, Calif., five bass, 16-2
Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship on a body of water that has yet to be revealed. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.